Welch Graves Minnow Tube Lure Ad 1893
This Welch Graves Minnow Tube Lure Ad is out of American Angler March Issue for the year 1893. Early American antique fishing lure ads like this are hard to source. If you read his ad its actually amusing as he says he doesn’t have time to respond to letter, just send him the money, classic.
A live minnow in an annealed flanged flint glass tube so arranged as to magnify the minnow hole in each end to keep the bait alive. One minnow lasts a day. It catches the largest fresh and salt water fish. You can use angle worms crabs grasshoppers or any other bait. To introduce this patent a few will be sold in each town and sent by mail on receipt of $1.00 $1.25 and $1 50 each which will be refunded within ten days if the device is returned in good order. On all tests with other devices it has caught ten to their one.
In ordering say what kind of fish you want to catch. The tubes will be made 3 4 and 5 inches long and trimmed proportionately with white hooks swivel and white. Wire leader ready for use. Only the minnow is seen in a foot of water. Don t Write to ask questions for this advertisement goes to every post office in the US and I have no time to answer life is too short. If the idea catches you as the device catches the fish order one if not please hand this to some 107 ogressive fisherman. Orders will be filled only on receipt of cash in turn and as fast as can be manufactured.
CALVIN V GRAVES REFERENCES
National Banks of Carthage Lowville and Boonville NY Natural Bridge Jefferson County NY